Saturday, September 6, 2014

Newest Smoltz Addition

I'd like to thank @mauler_covers for the great addition. He gave me a good deal since he knew I love Smoltzy, and I couldn't thank him enough. If you've got a player you're looking for (any sport) he might have it. I suggest contacting him.

I've seen this auto on eBay from time to time but always missed the auction (don't you hate when that happens?). I'm usually pretty good at keeping up with ending times of auctions but they can be at weird hours of the day or night.

I actually received the card a few weeks ago and started writing this post but before I could finish I went on a little vacation to Florida, resulting in this post and also this post. All I had to do was take the pictures below, crop them, then upload them. And then add this little paragraph.

The card is from 2014 Topps Museum Collection and is #'d 25/25.

After a few missed auctions, I saw that he had this Smoltz card in his possession. It's one of the coolest I've seen in a while. Although it's a sticker auto, I still think it's a neat design. There's the two uniform patches, the classic picture of Smoltz, the nice blue background, and the gold borders. Can't get much cooler than that, really.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tomahawk Empire's New Look!

New look, same somewhat-decent blog! I haven't changed much since its creation, so it was due for an update. For those that have viewed my blog before you'll notice the updates. Probably the biggest change would be the background picture I used for the title. I had a difficult time trying to figure that one out. Then I realized I had to go to the header, and from there I was able to add the picture and have everything fit accordingly. I customized the lettering at the top and then had to add it to the picture of Turner Field (which was a frustrating task on its own), but luckily I was able to figure something out (anyone catch the Smoltz tribute?).

The tabs bar is a little different. I changed the colors and it seems to work well with the blue background. I went with the same color for the post background and the gadget background so that everything tied together. The final change was that I adjusted the width of the page. I wanted to make sure the picture I used lined up with the blog posts and the gadget sidebar.

The next step would probably be to get started on a new profile picture. I'd like to make my own logo, but I'm still looking into that. I'll figure something out. I might not get around to that for a few weeks at the very least, but I've satisfied my need to update for the time being.

Anyways, just giving everyone a heads-up on the new look. Hope you all have been enjoying my recent posts (now five consecutive days!).

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Smoltz Mini Bobblehead

This is the first (and only) Smoltz bobblehead I currently have. My mom got it for me as an extra little Christmas present a few years ago. I believe this is from the 2003 Upper Deck 2nd Edition mini bobbleheads collection. I looked on eBay and saw listings for other bobbleheads, but I'm not sure how many ones there are in total.

I put him next to a baseball so you guys could get an idea for the size. The bobblehead isn't very big as you can tell, so it'd make sense if they put them in cereal boxes. I've seen similar bobbleheads of Jason Giambi with the Yankees, Sammy Sosa with the Cubs, and Ichiro with the Mariners to name a few. There might even be one for every team, but I'm not too sure on that. It was a nice little present, and probably the biggest upside is that it doesn't take up much space.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not Just A Picture

As I'm sure you guys know by now, John Smoltz is my favorite player. I'm always looking for something of him and thanks to my friend Meaghann (@MrsClooney32), I was able to obtain something I had my eyes set on for a while.

She had this Smoltzy pic and offered it to me without hesitation. I've gotten rid of mostly all the cards I've had that were up for sale or trade, but I'm still trying to see what I can do to send something her way in return (might be a little while, though).

This is the first Smoltz picture I have. I've gotten some 8x10's signed in person before, so perhaps I can get this signed by John in the future? Maybe. Hopefully. I've been on the lookout for similar pictures because they make great display pieces.

For me, I'm really into hockey as well (something you guys may not have known?) and hinting back at the signed 8x10's, I have a few I got signed by some players in the AHL that we should see in the NHL within the next couple of years. I also got some pucks signed (posts about that coming in the future).

Whether I frame it or put it in a protective sleeve and stand it up on a shelf, I'll always be thankful for Meaghann's generosity. She went out of her way, and I honestly couldn't thank her enough.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cards From Florida: Part Two

Here's the hockey cards I got at the flea market. I decided to make two posts to separate baseball and hockey so that I could put an emphasis on each sport as opposed to jumbling it all together. Plus it makes for an easy transition.

As I mentioned in part one, I got cards from two different vendors. The top three cards in the first post, and now these hockey cards, I got from the same guy. Another thing I forgot to mention was that I got some David Wright cards for my brother. His birthday is coming up soon so I figured it'd be a nice little present.

My favorite hockey team is the Ottawa Senators. Yes, I'm American and I like a Canadian hockey team (but that's a story for another day). Along with the baseball and hockey cards, he did have some football and basketball cards. I looked at the football cards but didn't see anything I really wanted, and the same went for basketball. Most of the cards he had were from 2007 and later and that applies to all sports.

These are nothing special, but these are cards I don't have (well, maybe I have one or two of them come to think of it....). The main Senator I collect would be Daniel Alfredsson ("Alfie") because of his long tenure with the Senators. Yes, I know he no longer plays for them because of management screwing it up, but let's pretend that he never played for the Red Wings....

Chris Phillips, as old and slow as he is, has been a Senator his whole career and it's easy for me to choose him as a player to collect. His card is 2006-07 Upper Deck #141.

Chris Neil has also spent his whole career with the Sens, and whether you like him or not, he's still a badass. Does he score a ton of goals? Not really. His most in a season was 16. Assists? Sort of. His most in a season was 17. Points? Decent. His highest point total in a season was 33, which was his "breakout" scoring season where his career highs in goals and assists were set back in 2005-06. His card (top picture, bottom) is 2006-07 Upper Deck #387.

Back to Alfie. Where to start? You could write books about him. It was tough when he and the Sens parted ways, but I'm hopeful for a return (as unlikely as that may seem). I have some cards of his already, and I actually may have these two pictured above (I'll find that out soon enough). Both are 2006-07 SP Authentic #33 (top middle) and 2008-09 SP Authentic #80 (top right).

This is the main highlight. It took me a few tries to get a decent picture. The lighting and angle was tough, but this shows some nice color. This is his 1999-00 Topps Gold Label Class 1 #37 card.

Although these aren't anything special, I'm glad I was able to pick some cards up while I was down in Florida. They were quite cheap, too. I think I spent a total of $5 (including the Mets cards I got for my brother that aren't pictured). I wasn't expecting to get anything spectacular at the flea market, but I'm glad I was able to get something to add to my collection. Plus, it allowed me to write my first hockey post!

Here's part one: